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Video: Nexus 7 Drop Test, Fully Functional Even After Being Dropped in Bathtub

Well, you knew it would come. A drop test of the new Nexus 7 tablet. For comparison, the folks over at SquareTrade decided to pit it against an iPad, and if you were buying a tablet for strength and perseverance, then it looks like you would only have to shell out $200. When dropped from chest height, table height, and even in a bathtub dunk test, the Nexus 7 is a clear winner. 


Via: Android and Me

  • BortBlast

    I dropped my Nexus 7 from about chest height (by mistake) onto my laminate floor. Screen spiderwebbed. Awaiting the repair estimate. FML.

  • Nexus wins excellent well done guys great competition.

  • since when are these high end devices waterproof? can we get this on all android phones?

  • Ralph Basile

    I did an unintended drop test with my RIP Galaxy 10.1 – it did not pass.

  • I see Square Trade is living up to its alias name “Consumer Distorts”. Try Google – MailOnline tablet screens

  • Anyone else notice… with the Nexus 7 in auto screen rotate mode, when in landscape and while wearing sun glasses I can’t see the screen hardly at all. It gets really dark. Rotate back to portrait and its fine, while in landscape mode and I life my sin glasses and its fine. ..?

    • JB

      Maybe the screen is polarized. When you rotate two polarized filters (the screen and your sunglasses) you can block out all of the light.

  • roiji

    it seems though the iPad’s Achilles’ heel is its aluminum backing.

  • Kane

    Forget dropping it, let’s wait until Asus actually churns out a run of these without annoying defects built in to begin with.

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    since when do peple hover over their bathtubs with their tablets in hand?…these drop tests really need to go away

  • Champion1229

    Am i the only one that went and register for the contest at the end?

  • MrKleen

    Thats a shittttload of mold on those tiles. I guess all android users are loser after all.

    • JoshGroff

      That’s* shitload* losers*

      Before you go insulting other people, at least make sure you don’t look like a child doing so, your grammar and spelling are atrocious.

  • RickJ

    Well mine wasn’t fully functional after taking it out of the box, so I guess if it is fully functional after dropping in the tub I need to draw myself a bath.

  • jvrcb17

    ASUS is the best electronics manufacturer in the world!

  • nightscout13

    So having a flexible rear cover to a tablet, such as plastic, will prevent screen cracks, since the aluminum on the iPad transfers the force directly to the glass instead of absorbing it.

  • Ballsack

    The Nexus 7 keeps falling on the back side.

  • I have nightmares about this kind of stuff.

  • Anon984

    Why did they go to some country in the Eastern Bloc to film the bathroom scene…..

  • Scott Willenborg

    The sound on the Nexus was pretty jacked… it sounded like Rihanna…

  • TJ

    Dude needs to clean his tub.

    • J Dub

      Looks older. What looks unclean might just stains you can get out.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Stuff like this is so stupid.

    What is next, the bonfire test?

    • tuxdreamerx

      Nuclear fallout test actually

  • Scott Willenborg

    Note to self: fill tub with soft sponges and pillows when bathing and tablet-ing.

    2 note to self: stop making notes to self.

  • guseppe16

    Am I the only one thinking “they couldn’t find a cleaner bathroom?” That one is disgusting!

  • mtkregs

    That bathtub is nasty! A little bleach goes a long way to help get rid of mold and mildew stains.

    • Damir

      glad that I wasn’t the only one thinking that… really a dirty bathtub…

    • Champion1229

      I wasn’t paying attention to that but good to know lol

    • Blood

      Okay calm down Billy Mays.

      • RAZR_FANN

        OXI CLEAN!

      • Fattie McDoogles


  • Liderc

    That was petty impressive. Some decent tests for a tablet.

  • Sven Enterlein

    Wonder when they will do the toilet drop test…

    • Droidzilla

      Complete with poo. Get on it, Square Trade.

      • Pedro

        Mike Rowe as your host?

  • sahilm

    The Nexus 7 surviving that water damage is very impressive.

  • I like watching videos where Apple products are destroyed.
    And hooray for Bad Romance!

  • Butters619

    “We still got sound……uhhh…that is impressive”

    Translation: Oh s**t maybe you don’t need an overpriced SquareTrade warranty.

    • JoshGroff

      $30 for 2 years isn’t overpriced?

      • Butters619

        That’s actually not bad. They started charging a deductible on phones which makes it a pricey option.

        • JoshGroff

          Is it as much as Asurion’s through VZW at $99 or something?

          • Butters619

            Yeah. Two year warranty is $125 plus $100 for every phone replacement.

          • JoshGroff

            Ouch, that is pricy.

  • MattH818

    GAH these tests always make me cringe. The swim test was impressive.

  • Crazydog

    I am thourgughly impressed by both the iPad and the Nexus 7 not immediately shutting off after being submerged.

    • Brian Trahan

      actually I think the Nexus did but came back on when removed from the water. Watch right about at the 2 minute mark and you will see the screen go off and the guy runs his thumb over the screen when picking it up.

      • Crazydog

        No, it looks like the touchscreen got confused and exited YouTube. When he picks it up you can clearly see the app-switcher pop up over the homescreen wallpaper, or whatever widget is there. Watch the slow-mo – you can always see the system bar.

        And anyway, I meant completely shorted out and powered off. Even if the screen stuttered, the device stayed on.

        Edit: On second look, it seems like it just was a dark part of the video. When he’s showing it afterwards in portrait, the same image is on the screen that was there before he picked it up out of the bathtub.

        • cavillis

          water is considered an insulator not a conductor.

          • Crazydog

            Yeah, but I doubt that’s distilled water. There’s got to be some good amount of conductive minerals in it.

      • Mike

        looks to me like whatever was on the screen just went dark, looks like it was still on tho. hard to tell.

  • Matt Gondek

    I did the same thing with my hairdryer, but the tub wasn’t empty…

    • JoshGroff

      Lol, gotta love some dark humor occasionally.

  • ddevito

    After fixing the creakiness this morning I wouldn’t even dare to think about dropping this thing

  • Clint O

    I hate these test..Waste of a device…Heres a hint…If you drop your stuff Its gonna break.

    • Mike

      Unless it’s a Nexus 7 aparently…

    • Butters619

      Waste of 3 devices…each.

    • Champion1229

      According to the video the Nexus 7 actually DID NOT break besides a few scratches on the paint of the back cover but other than that no actual breakage (Screen, Speakers, Cameras, USB Port, etc. all still worked perfectly!!)

    • michael arazan

      So does this mean I can take my nexus 7 while skydiving and scuba diving?

  • EvanTheGamer

    As always, Nexus 7 FTW!

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    I pre ordered on day 1 and still haven’t received a shipping email so this is a little irritating lol

    • ha

      i ordered mine on monday and got it yesterday 😀

  • Mario Silva

    This is stupid. So many devices gone to waste. Give me the devices I’ll do the tests and I’ll tell you all about it later. No pictures or video though you’ll just have to take my word for it, You trust me right?

    • EvanTheGamer

      Yeah, that’s what I say..just because you have the money to afford an endless supply of devices doesn’t mean you should be able to do “drop tests” just to teach users to be more careful when handling their devices. Also, why would anyone have the need to use their device in a bathtub? lol

      • Mike

        If you would have watched the video, they mention users making claims about dropping their devices in various body’s of water, they just decided to go with a bathtub which is probably the easiest to use.

        • EvanTheGamer

          I watched the video and he also mentioned accidental drops in the bathtub, as well. So my next question is…what purpose do you have to be using a tab in a bathroom in the first place? lol…wait, maybe that’s the wrong question..

          • Ionut Costica

            Maybe to read while taking a long soak? I stick to books when doing that, but I guess some people aren’t so afraid of the possibility of killing their tablet…

      • TheDrizzle

        It doesn’t just teach people to be more careful, it lets over-protective people like me know that my device is probably going to be okay if it falls. It gives me piece of mind. To me it is worth them destroying a couple devices for the greater good of the consumer.

      • Droidzilla

        It’s an ad for device insurance. For most companies, a few grand in advertising expenses is a drop in the bucket.

  • Brian Trahan

    I think the first 2 tests show why you shouldn’t have glass go all the way to the edge of the tablet. I was pretty surprised by both tablets that they survived the swim.

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  • David Hussey

    This makes a lot of sense given how light the 7 is.

  • As an avid Android user, this video is 50% Pain and 50% Love…